Conservation of Modern Materials
27 February 2014
As artists continue to push the possibilities of arts production, it’s a constant battle for Conservators to keep researching and testing new ways to restore them. Conservators have to ask; how should conservation techniques adapt to preserving and displaying these new challenging materials? Recent investments in developing conservation studios, and securing funding for research into new methods of restoration, have enabled important enquiries to take place surrounding this question.
Due for completion in 2016, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are expanding their conservation studio to include two floors in their newly designed Snøhetta project. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have also provided SFMoMA with a $1,750,000 grant to develop the ways the museum restores artworks made with modern materials. They will be exploring collaborative ways to approach technological changes in media and perishable art materials like food.
The International Institute for Conservation held their Annual General Meeting in London last month announcing the topics of their Congress for 2016, which will include conservation issues related to the use of modern materials. The event will take place from 12-16 September at the Historic Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and will be a highlight of the upcoming conservation calendar.
John Jones have invested in a new conservation studio as part of the new Arts Building due to open in the spring. It has almost tripled the current conservation studio size. Our conservators focus on works on paper, but with the new space we aim to expand the department in order to support the growing need to conserve other materials.